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10 Random Tales From Taco Tuesday

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On one of my walks today I started to ponder what I would share on the blog tonight and all these random thoughts popped into my head. So here goes…

Tale 1

It’s day two of Operation Neck Recovery. Day 1 I was all about the ice and the foam roller. Today I did spats of heat and lots and lots of walking. I have to say, it’s making a big difference! I never really attacked an episode like this before. Normally I wander around the house pouting. This time I took charge, kept moving and even went to the gym for some light weights and mobility.

There’s no denying it, active recovery is a much better approach. I can actually turn my head! There’s just a small tinge left! The 3-Year-Old and I even got out and did some weed flower picking.

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I’m hoping to be 100% tomorrow!

Tale 2

This afternoon I actually had to call a friend to vent about the 9-Year-Old. Remember when you were young and you’d need a girlfriend’s ear to unload all your boyfriend woes? Well, I guess you know you’re getting old when the venting involves your kid instead of your significant other.

Sometimes I feel like I have the best kid in the world. Other times I wonder where I went wrong. The talking back, the attitude, the disrespect when I ask him to do something. It’s infuriating. I try SO hard to keep my cool but I normally end up losing it.

I’m sure it’s normal — PLEASE tell me it’s normal. Sometimes parenting is SO DARN HARD.

OK, moving on.

Tale 3

I’ve been killing it in the food department lately and I don’t mean low calories or no carbs or even food journaling. I stocked the house with lots of yummy, healthy stuff and I’ve been cooking up a storm. Today, for example, I had a hard boiled egg on a whole wheat English muffin with a slice of bacon for breakfast, leftover cauliflower, broccoli and chicken for lunch, some homemade lentil soup as an afternoon snack, and dinner was, of course, TACOS! Tonight we decided on chicken tacos and I’m so glad I bought one of those bags of cooked roasted chicken. It’s been coming in SO handy!

I think, however, I may spend some time next Sunday roasting a bunch of chicken and freezing it myself.  It will be cheaper and full of, well, nothing but chicken.

I will be sharing that coconut flounder on the GreenLiteBites ASAP (Update: It’s posted! Click here) and I will be making my ham, sweet potato and spinach casserole again to share as well. That one is super tasty!

I’ve just been really motivated to eat REAL food and my cravings for junk are diminishing again. It’s funny how I go through stages with it. Sometimes it’s easy, other times I feel like I’m fighting myself.

Honestly, I think my inner mean girl vent last Thursday has something to do with it. When I have those thoughts stuck in my head I tend to pacify myself with food in a bad way. When I take time to face them here on the blog it’s like a weight is lifted off my shoulders and I can focus on the things that are important to me again.

Tale 4

Today while working I looked over and saw this.

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She cracks me up!

Tale 5

I didn’t run today. I was supposed to for my marathon training, but I decided walking was a better option with my neck. Like I mentioned earlier, I did go to the gym and work on stretching, mobility and a bit of weight training.

I’m finding my midweek runs a bit harder at the moment but I’m not too worried about it. With our new programming at the gym and my long runs on Sunday I think I’m doing great in the training department. I’m not trying to break any records. I just want to be able to run the marathon in a decent time and not feel like I’m dying. My goal is to enjoy it and cross that finish line with a big ol’ smile on my face.

Tale 6

Today while getting the 3-Year-Old ready for his bath he said, “Can I do cold butt?”

I was like, What?

“Cold buuuuttt!”

He then proceeded to sit on the tile floor with his naked ass. Apparently that is “cold butt” and he thinks it’s the funniest thing in world.

OK, then.

Tale 7

Remember these cool headphones I bought the 9-Year-Old?

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Well, today, while he was playing Minecraft I snuck up and scared the bejesus out of him!  I wish I had my camera because his reaction was PRICELESS.

Tale 8

I haven’t been talking about it much, but my site redesigns are moving along nicely!

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I really feel like I’ve lost all control over the blogs in a technical way. I’ve been doing everything myself for so long that a lot of maintenance things have fallen to the wayside. Not to mention I have 3 active blogs that all look completely different.

So I’ve aligned with a small group here in Baltimore to help me redesign and redevelop Roni’s Weigh, GreenLiteBites and TheUnworldlyTravelers. All three will look like they belong to the same family and all three will easily be navigated to and from each other. I’m also reducing ads across the board (they have really gotten out of hand, and honestly, I don’t even know which network is to blame anymore.) It’s not an excuse, I’ve just let myself get a wee bit over my head while spreading myself too thin as usual.

Like a good business woman, I’m learning to delegate!

Tale 9

Speaking of me as a business woman, this morning I had to do something that makes me very uncomfortable but I’m proud to say, I did it anyway!

See, normally I’m pretty easygoing. I have strong opinions but I’m fine going with the flow. Let’s just say I’m not a feather ruffler. Life’s just too short for me to worry about most details.

Well, today I had to firmly express my opinion on a project I’m working on (yes I’m being purposefully vague.) There’s a particular aspect that I feel really strongly about and even though the pleaser in me just wanted to say, “Sure, that’s fine” so we could move on, I couldn’t. I just felt too strongly that we were going in the wrong direction.  I wrote a very articulate email defending my point of view and stood up for my perspective and vision.

Honestly, it made me feel like a bitch. I don’t know why. It shouldn’t but again, it’s just how I’m wired. I’m a people pleaser and making someone do more work isn’t fun.

Tale 10

Finally, yesterday I posted an excerpt from another blogger on the #wycwyc site. I can’t explain how amazing it feels when the whole idea of #wycwyc resonates with people. I’ve gotten a few emails over the past few days that have brought tears to my eyes.

I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do and OMG I can’t wait until the book is finished. I’m excited, nervous, stressed, worried, anxious, I mean really, every emotion there is, I’m feeling it!  It’s crazy!

OK, enough Tuesday randomness for you.  I’m heading to bed with my heating pad. I have finally made sleep a priority and it’s making a huge difference in my mood!

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There are 14 comments so far.

    Charlie Hills

    September 10, 2014

    Hmmm, kid with attitude? Talking back? Showing disrespect? Never heard of such a thing. I’m pretty sure he’s the first one ever.

    That’s just a 22-word way to say, “It’s normal.”


      September 10, 2014

      Well yea, you got me but I thought I had until at least the TEENS. I didn’t expect the kid backlash at 9. ugh.

      Charlie Hills

      September 10, 2014

      What you’re experiencing is what’s known as “the terrible twos.” It begins when they’re eighteen months old and lasts about twenty years. :)


    September 10, 2014

    Roni — I have 2 boys (they are college age now) and I can totally relate to Tale 2. If I could go back (heck, sometimes I still have to work on this), I would talk less/react less. I always seem to try to convince them of how [fill in the blank] they were being and keep talking in the hopes that they would do an instant turn around (which never happened, so I kept talking). I wish I would have just sent them off to their room or whatever until they were ready to be reasonable.

    I’m not sure it would have made any difference, but I do look back and wish I’d “lectured” less (that’s their favorite thing to tell me: ‘enough with the lectures’), LOL.


      September 10, 2014

      Hmm I think I shall take your advice. I’m going down the path of lecturing for ever just like my mom did! lol I need to walk away more and talk when we are BOTH more reasonable.

    Karen Bures

    September 10, 2014

    I have an 8 year old. And it’s begun. We have to try very hard not to react to the “FINE!” or “WHATEVERS!” We try to talk about it when he comes back down. But it’s been so frustrating and hard not to react. We don’t always get it right. In fact most of the time we don’t. But we keep trying. I’m considering it practice for the teen years?


      September 10, 2014

      Yup. And the stomping of the feet? GRRRRRR that really gets me!


    September 10, 2014

    Tale #2: Totally normal. When my kids were younger I prayed for patience. When they became teenagers I just prayed for a reduced sentence. Seriously, “Please God let the judge be a mother of teenagers so she will understand why I had to kill this kid!!”

    In the blink of an eye he will be off to college. Remember how you thought you would never live through (fill in whatever it was, teething, potty training, etc.) ___________? And now it’s just a distant memory, right? Keep perspective and remember he isn’t an arsonist or a serial killer, just a mouthy kid. Someday he will choose your nursing home, so keep that in mind! Send him to his room and you to your room for a cooling off period. Then drink. I always recommend the drinking. ;o)


      September 10, 2014

      I know, I know! That’s what I keep reminding myself, this too is temporary. All I can do is stay the course now and before I know it they will be their own men.


    September 10, 2014

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but never commented….You are such an inspiration and a wonderful wife and mother to your family. Don’t worry about your 9 year old son…as others commented, it’s perfectly normal…he’s lucky to have a mother like you :-)
    You keep it real and so many people can relate to you. I struggle with my weight constantly. I always have to watch what I eat because I tend to gain weight. I like running and I try to run as much as I can…not 12 miles like you…..but I try to get a half hour in every other day. Sometimes (like now) I feel really unmotivated and just don’t feel like it….then maybe a couple weeks go by and I get back on track. I guess I do “what I can when I can” as you say….
    Reading your blog motivates me more and I just wanted to add my 2 cents and say thank you for sharing your life with us and helping others. I hope this doesn’t change in the future as some blogs do…
    I hope your neck feels better soon…the same thing happened to me a few months ago…it was terribly painful for about 3 days then SLOWLY it got better. Getting out of bed in the mornings was awful…but in about a week all was good :-)
    Ciao from Italy.


      September 10, 2014

      Thanks Emilia! I have no plan on changing but I’m sure my life will. All I can do is stay try to my voice.

      Thanks for delurking! :)


    September 10, 2014

    I love following your blog. I particularly related to the aggravation of a mouthy child and being a people pleaser. I have a teenage son and a preteen girl. All I can advise is hang on tight because it will be awhile before it gets better ( I am still waiting). I find myself reminiscing about a time that kisses flowed freely and I walked on water in my children’s eyes. Now if I look their way it instantaneously becomes a “WHAT?!?”. My mother finds it quite humorous when I call to vent and she say “Now you know how I felt with you”. Kiss them often and hug them fiercely when they frustrate and annoy you. I have discovered a world of difference when they are angering me to no end and I just walk up to them, hug and kiss them and tell them how much I love them. Not only does it decrease my stress level but the look on their confused faces is priceless.


    September 10, 2014

    Oh yeah. It’s normal. I have two girls so I am almost relieved to hear a “boy mom” say the same stuff we go through! Oh, the SASS I get. It’s like really??!!!! Makes me feel like I am doing something wrong…but then I talk to everyone else and realize, nope. This is parenthood.
    Loving all the good stuff in your life…you always inspire! Hope that neck is better soon!
    PS I miss your podcasts!!!! I don’t know you have time to even breathe…but if you ever find yourself sitting around bored or looking to avoid a certain chore/project do a podcast :-}

    Martha Glantz

    September 12, 2014

    Love this post! I have been challenged with using up my CSA veggies. Did a stir fry with tatsoy that was just OK. However made light broccoli cheese soup on Wednesday and that is delicious! Still have my eggplant and peppers so will think of something for dinner tomorrow night. I go back and forth between following recipes and making up my own.
    Such fun.